Uncle Irvin: Setting the record straight at U-CF
● By Richard Gaw
The overwhelming reason the district is premier is solely due to the demographics of the district and the parental support its students receive.
There seems to be a change in the posture of the U-CF School Board regarding teachers' compensation, including the mandated contribution the board makes to the health plan and particularly the pension plan.
The state-mandated increases in annual contributions to the Pennsylvania teacher pension plan has caused all school districts to cough up 5 percent to 10 percent in annual increases—totaling millions of dollars—and has resulted in rising property taxes.
The U-CF School Board's new stance with regard to humongous increases in teacher compensation is too long coming.
The so-called "premier" U-CF teachers are seeking a contract with about 5 percent increases in compensation for the next three years, not counting these millions of dollars the district is paying into the teachers' pensions. That's a 15 percent raise!
(In the U-CF district even janitors are entitled to a pension.)
The teachers' demands are totally "off the wall" and the school board is right for warning taxpayers of the unconscionable union demands.
All U-CF taxpayers should insist that the school board not agree to anywhere near the 5 percent annual demands.
Taxpayers and public school parents should not be concerned about union teachers working without a contract in the 2015-16 school year.
The teachers cannot strike due to state law that would jeopardize their pay.
Taxpayers in the U-CF district have been "blackmailed" long enough.
Tell the union "no," "nyet" to any increase until the pension problem is fixed by the state legislature and the new governor.